The fearless, protective bodyguard who is willing to put his/her life on the line to protect a client has long been a popular character in books, TV, and movies
You often hope to convey some drama or sense of place in your writing. What if you were able to describe matters in a way that imparted feeling and not just factual information?
The market for fiction has no middle ground. It’s either too safe or too elitist. What does this mean for fiction writers first entering the market?
For fiction, you need the right combination of plot, action, description and character development to bring your story to life for your reader.
Most people use flashbacks to provide more information about the main character’s past – thereby using this technique as a means to explain why certain events are happening, or how / why a character is acting or responding in a particular way.
Give the character some depth. He or she is a human being you are creating. They have a past, dreams, failures and successes just like every real person does. This all needs to be fabricated but credible
Include the metaphor in your leadership-language. It allows you to make the unfamiliar more understandable. To make the complex more simple.
The keeping of a personal journal has been a pursuit of human society for many hundreds of years. Here’s how to start writing your journal today.
For anyone thinking about writing in the horror genre, there are certain situations that, over the years, have been done so often that the audience knows exactly what to expect. If you’re trying for the big scare, here are 10 situations to avoid, and alternative scenarios to consider when writing Horror Fiction.
The action that a writer reveals in his story is only a small part of the action that really took place. His selection shows his skill; almost any event makes a good story if the writer tells the proper parts of it.
As a writer, you have a literary hero, a blogging deity, or an esteemed wordsmith you look up to and whom you get inspiration from. You are also a byproduct of the things you read, see, experience, and feel. But sometimes, we tend to lose our style in this nest of influences and end up being a voice of sorts
When subjects excite your curiosity, make a note of it. Draw an image of it. Write a blog post about it. Tweet it. Dream about it at night. Before long, you will have your own prized collection of story ideas.
To succeed in developing a short story, you need to canvas its environment, not just by your choice and arrangement of words, but also by its series of events. The movement of a short story must progress swiftly from one scene to the next; you must write captivating and snappy dialogue; and you must create characters who are complex yet simple so they are self-explanatory to a degree.
Plot development is a key part of the creative writing process. One way to spark interest from your readers is to arouse desire in your fiction story.
Who you are as a writer has grown from your life experiences, your passions, your soil. You are fertilizing and weed pulling in your mind’s garden.
Every archetype has a positive and a negative side. As we saw in the Three-Dimensional Villains article, the villain is the negative aspect of the shadow, while creativity is the positive.
There are essential dialogue writing rules to follow if one expects to write a good story. Dialogue is what keeps the story interesting and moving quickly for the reader
Ever thought about writing erotica, but don’t know where to begin? Here are a few tips to help get you started on the road to writing bedroom fiction.
Most fight scenes rely heavily upon the vague, and somewhat inaccurate, public perceptions of how martial artists would use their skills in a real fight.
Star Trek has a lot to teach about writing. We’ve taken 10 lessons you can learn from the crew of the Starship Enterprise.
The beginning of your novel is often the most challenge part to write. Use this article to help you navigate this difficult, but fun, part of your novel.
Readers best remember the characters you create for your novel by focusing in on their mannerisms, habits and traits. Here’s how to write them effectively.
The world of fantasy creatures is an invaluable resource for fiction writers. This article aims to raise awareness of the literary traditions that exist.
Probably the best and simplest moral that people can get from any story is just the capacity to empathize with others, to care about the characters and their feelings. With that, it becomes apparent that an excessively preachy style is not necessary.
Creating a character questionnaire for each major character can lead to richer fiction and greater focus. Following are some sample questions to ask your character. Envision the character sitting in the room with you and telling you about him- or herself.